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Please visit this site next fall for information on the 2021 Citizens Police Academy.

2020 CPA Application 


The Venice Police Department is pleased to accept applications for the 7th Annual Citizens Police Academy.  This opportunity allows individuals to understand and appreciate local law enforcement practices.  The Academy is free of charge and encompasses hands on interactive scenarios and experiences to allow an insightful understanding into “the day of an officer”.  Participants may fire police-issued weapons, ride a police vessel, learn about crime scene techniques and collect evidence.    

The Academy is a dynamic 8-week program, which begins Tuesday, February 4, 2020 and ends on Saturday, March 28, 2020.  Most sessions are once a week from 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. with the exception of the EVOC, Firearms and Marine Patrol sessions, which begin at 9:00 a.m. and end at 12:00 noon.  

Of the utmost importance – We know that life happens and you may not be able to attend all sessions.  However, if you know in advance you cannot attend all sessions, please submit your application at a later date.  We are excited to showcase our department and don’t want you to miss any of it!  

citizenacademyfingerprintsPlease complete the above application and return it to Babette Chovan at

A limited amount of openings are available and City of Venice residents or business owners/operators receive first consideration to attend the academy.  All applicants must pass a background investigation.